Turbine bylaw passess reading
ARICHAT — A proposed bylaw governing wind turbine development has passed first reading by Richmond County council.
“It’s a very long, complicated bylaw that describes setbacks for wind turbines and the conditions under which they can be placed in Richmond County,” noted Warden John Boudreau.
The county is setting dates for public information sessions on the issue. He said they will also engage developers, including Nova Scotia Power.
The 27-page document sets out the conditions under which domestic and utility-scale wind turbines will be permitted.
Under the proposed bylaw, utility-scale turbines will not be permitted inside the general development zone. Among the requirements allowing for domestic turbines in that zone are that their maximum height be 60 metres, and the minimum setback from all adjacent boundaries will be the greater of the height of the turbine or such a distance that the sound pressure level not exceed 40 decibels at the lot line.
Only one domestic turbine will be permitted per property.
In the wind development zone, subject to development permits, domestic and utility-scale turbines will be permitted. For utility-scale turbines, the minimum setback from residences, except residences located on the same lot as the turbine, will be 600 metres. For those that generate more than two megawatts or turbines requiring an environmental assessment, the setback will be 1,000 metres, except for residences on the same lot. Minimum setback is the height of the turbine.